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Ed LeClair, Circus Smirkus Producer and Executive Director

Ed LeClair, Circus Smirkus Producer and Executive Director

​I often get the question, “How in the world do you guys put together a circus?”

I don’t know how other people do it, but here at Smirkus we keep it simple.

I tell staff, “Start by recognizing that you are a part of something larger than yourself. Encourage each other to take pride in all our combined efforts. Be kind, funny, and imaginative. Welcome every new person you meet. Feed whimsy whenever you can. Everything else will take care of itself.”

Right now it’s hard to hear yourself think around here. There is a constant staccato of hammers and a drone of saws and sanders. It smells like the concessions teams are testing the popcorn machines. Bright blue and yellow star-covered canvas is being raised to the sky. Everywhere staff is cartwheeling from project to project to project getting ready for YOU: old friends returning and new friends we can’t wait to meet.

This issue of Spotlight gives you a chance to meet some the team who construct the Smirkus magic; a sample of the dedicated, behind the scenes — and center ring— celebrities who even now are preparing to welcome you into our newly-assembled, forever-to-be-remembered, temporary, traveling home.

So how do we build a circus? Smirkus is put together by small people with big dreams, working ​together to deliver a larger-than-life show. Step inside our tent. Meet the people. You’’ll feel the sense of belonging, of being invited into an inclusive, carefree, constantly amazing world.

See you down the road,

Ed LeClair
Producer and Executive Director